Confirmed: Tottenham to stage Champions League matches at new stadium next season, plan agreed for 2017-18
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have finalised a deal with the Football Association to stage their Champions League matches at Wembley next season, it was announced by the club on Twitter on Saturday.
As part of the agreement, Spurs have also negotiated an option to play all their home matches at the national stadium in 2017-18.
The deal was confirmed on Saturday morning following weeks of top-level talks.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 28, 2016
Discussions initially centred on Spurs moving to Wembley for the 2017-18 season while the building work is completed on their new 61,000-capacity stadium, which is due to open at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
But the possibility of having a significantly reduced capacity at White Hart Lane next season forced the club to consider a temporary switch a year early.
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“This is to meet UEFA requirements, which will be impacted by the current stadium works affecting access, capacity and rights delivery,” a Spurs statement said on the club’s official Twitter account.
Spurs will be forced to remove up to 8,000 seats at their 36,000-capacity home during next season to facilitate work on their new stadium, which adjoins the current ground.
With Champions League qualification secured after Mauricio Pochettino’s team clinched a third-place Premier League finish, an agreement is now in place.
Spurs were said to be reluctant to move all games to the national stadium next season due to the costs and disruption for supporters.
The FA made it clear they were always open to the idea in principle provided Spurs’ European matches do not clash with the other Wembley commitments.
In other Tottenham news, the club have set a new record ahead of their Premier League clash against West Brom on Monday night.